Thursday, July 14, 2011
Blame It On Yves
I know for sure that my renewed interest in sewing is entirely due to seeing 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris, the documentary about Yves Saint Laurent’s atelier as he prepares his final haute couture collection before his retirement in 2002. I will do a review of the movie in my next post but I wanted to share my summer sewing project—a simple A-line skirt made out of black eyelet that I found at Mood Fabrics, in the Garment District of NYC. I stopped sewing for a long time because I found it frustrating, have had no space to permanently set up my sewing machine since moving to New York in 1996, and couldn’t get a hold of good, inspiring fabrics back when I was sewing. But after watching Yves and his seamstresses at work—all the draping, all the thread tracing, all the basting while they fit and refit a dress on a model, made me want to have another crack at it.
Mood Fabrics was a treat—three floors of fabric, some designed by Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera. They have a fabulous helpful staff, and customers ranging from the design kids attending Fashion Institute of Technology, to sewers at all skill levels, to rich ladies like the one who had her Chanel bag, small child, and dressmaker in tow (I’m not kidding), pulling out fabrics and asking the dressmaker, “What would you make with this?” My mother had a theory that the lady has her clothes made by her private seamstress and sinks the money she saves into designer bags. Sounds good to me.
I’ve been thinking about eyelet skirts for over a year—I tried one on last summer at J. Crew but their skirts are too short for me. I found they were featuring eyelet skirts again this year in their catalog and this one is my inspiration.
I loved this black eyelet, so unusual and so very me. I’m not lining the skirt, I’ll wear it with a nude-colored half-slip underneath.
Anyone else sewing this summer?